Terms and Conditions for Unofficial Web sites

School of Communication Studies, Mount Royal University

In using this website you are deemed to have read and agreed to the following terms and conditions.

‘Unofficial’ web sites refer to a site that is created by staff, students or professors from the School of Communication Studies (SCS) at Mount Royal University (MRU). As such, they are hosted separately from, and are not governed or maintained by, the team responsible for MRU’s primary web site: mtroyal.ca.

The material presented on these web sites represent the work of many individuals from the various programs in the SCS. Although great care has been taken in preparing the content, the SCS and MRU do not endorse the views, opinions, accuracy, content, or completeness of the information. The SCS assumes no liability for the content of this web site.

Principles of Appropriate Use
The SCS values the principle of academic freedom and supports an open environment for the pursuit of scholarly inquiry. The contents of all unofficial web pages on SCS servers, however, must comply with Canada’s laws concerning privacy, copyright, defamation, hate propaganda, obscenity, and pornography. Web pages on SCS servers should also adhere to existing MRU policies such as, but not limited to, the Student Code of Conduct, the Human Rights Policy, and Offensive/Discriminatory Materials Policy. Additionally, all radio and television broadcast material should comply with ethical guidelines explicit in the Code of Ethics of the Radio and Television News Directors Association of Canada (RTNDA)

The SCS recognizes the legitimate right of students, faculty and staff to pursue and investigate often controversial topics as part of their course of studies or instruction. Indeed, such pursuit is viewed by the SCS as a necessary part of many courses within the faculty. However, content that contravenes Canada’s laws concerning privacy, copyright, defamation, hate propaganda, obscenity, and pornography, will not be tolerated.

We are committed to protecting your privacy. Students, staff and faculty in the SCS may submit personal information, such as name, email and Student ID number, to the website administrator, in order to be granted access to edit or publish content to our sites. Such information is only used for the administration of web site access and will not be shared with any third party.

In certain areas, visitors may be requested to provide personal information. For example, you will be asked to fill in your name and email when you post comments. The SCS collects such information only to administer interactive areas of our web sites.

We will not sell, share, or rent your personal information to any third party or use your e-mail address for unsolicited mail.

Log Files
We use IP addresses to analyze web traffic, trends, administer the site and gather broad demographic information to measure interest in various sections and improve design and navigation. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information. Only aggregated data, not individual data, will be used for this purpose. This information is not shared with third parties

Like most interactive web sites, we use cookies to enable us to retrieve user details for each visit. Cookies are used in some areas of our sites to enable functionality and ease of use. If you do not want a cookie placed on your computer, you may disable cookies by modifying the preferences section of your web browser.

Commenting policy

  • Comments to the articles and features of unofficial web sites are intended to elicit an exchange of opinion and open dialogue in a civilized and open manner for all readers to see.
  • This is a moderated forum. We will monitor comments and reserve the right to remove, edit or alter content that we deem inappropriate.
  • The comment space is reserved for comments that relate to the topic of the article or feature. You may not reprint lengthy text from your own work or those of others, including news articles. You may request we post a link to them in a comment.
  • Comments that are abusive, offensive, contain profane or racist material, etc. will not be posted.
  • Submitting comments for posting constitutes acknowledgement of and agreement to the terms outlined in this comments policy. This policy may be revised in part or in full at any time without notice.
  • You may not promote commercial entities or engage in commercial activity in our commenting or discussion forums.

MRU Logo Use
If possible, all unofficial web sites should include the official sub-brand logo for MRU and SCS. This logo can only be used in adherence with the guidelines outlined in MRUs logo guide lines. Logo files and guide lines are available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In compliance with the Alberta Human Rights Act, MRU’s policies on human rights and special needs, and standards set by the World Wide Web Consortium all web sites and electronic publications will strive to be accessible to people with disabilities.

Copyright and Intellectual Property
The entire contents of all unofficial web sites are Copyrighted as a collective work under the Canadian and other Copyright and intellectual laws. The content created by SCS students, staff or faculty, and posted on any unofficial web site, is the intellectual property of the author. This includes articles, audio and video productions, illustrations and photographs, portfolio pages and any web-based files or products created for SCS course curriculum or projects. Any redistribution, retransmission or publication of such material is prohibited without the express written consent of the Copyright owner. The SCS reserves the right to edit or remove any content in violation with this policy.

Policy Violations
In the event that there is concern regarding compliance with this policy, the page(s) in question will be removed from the web site, while a committee comprised of faculty and staff, decides whether or not to permanently remove the page(s). The committee will adjudicate the matter within one week of removal during which time a notice will be placed on the site.

Linking & Contact Information
Unofficial web pages may not link to any illegal material. Any links to other sites should be operational, kept to a minimum, and must open outside the SCS web site. It is also advisable to get permission from the web master of the site you wish to link to. Every web page must include contact information for the person who manages the content. Students, staff and faculty may link to other related web sites, but the SCS is not responsible for the content and reserves the right to remove any page or link in violation of this policy.

Notification of changes
The SCS reserves the right to change these conditions from time to time. Your continued use of the site will signify your acceptance of any adjustment to these terms.

Submit any questions or concerns regarding perceived violations of this policy to:

Kerri Martin
Head of Web Publication Production
Faculty of Communication Studies
Mount Royal University
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